Vice Chancellor and colleagues stood with the High Commissioner of Kenya and his delegation in front of the Hazlerigg Building entrance outside

High Commissioner of Kenya visits Loughborough University

Earlier this week, colleagues and students welcomed His Excellency Ambassador Manoah Esipisu, the High Commissioner of Kenya to Loughborough University.

The Vice-Chancellor, along with 25 Kenyan students and International Special Envoys from different academic Schools, welcomed the High Commissioner and his delegation to campus on 20 February.   

During the day, Professor Jennings presented the University Strategy and its international aspirations to the High Commissioner – who also explained ambitions for Kenya’s higher education, whilst Professor Dan Parsons (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation) discussed strategic opportunities in research and innovation in East Africa and presented existing research activities linked to the region covering diverse areas such as sustainable energy solutions, child nutrition and social development.  

The International Special Envoys for Sub-Saharan Africa Dr Hibbah Osei-Kwasi and Dr Oluwasola Afolabi showcased successes from our University community, including notable alumni from more than 570 Kenyan Loughborough graduates. They also presented tailored plans for building further partnerships in Kenya and the East Africa region.  

His Excellency and guests were also invited to a networking lunch and taken for a campus tour by Kenyan student ambassadors who highlighted some of the University’s outstanding sports facilities.  

Photo of High Commissioner of Kenya delegation stood with Kenyan students at the University and some colleagues in front of the Burleigh Court Hotel

Lily Rumsey, Director of Global Engagement commented: “This visit represents a crucial step in enhancing Loughborough University’s visibility and reputation in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

“By establishing meaningful connections and exploring research, innovation, and partnership opportunities, we are well-positioned to make substantial contributions to the progress of education and collaborative efforts in this region. Thank you to His Excellency Manoah Esipisu and his delegation for their time and contribution to our ambitions.”